Scripture for Friday after the Second Sunday in Advent

Luke 1:26-38 (ESV)

26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

34 And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”

35 And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. 36 And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. 37 For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38 And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

Lord  God, we read this Scripture and we are amazed at Mary’s response. She was a young girl, a virgin, who knew her reputation would be ruined when she was seen to be pregnant before marriage. She knew her betrothed would probably refuse to marry her, thinking she had been unfaithful to him. She knew that life for a disgraced single mother would be extremely difficult. Yet without hesitation, she said she was the Lord’s servant—willing to do what You asked of her. Give us that faith—that trust in You that makes us willing—even eager—to do whatever You ask, regardless of the consequences. Let it be so with us, Lord. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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